In July 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed a “mental health parity law” (formerly An Act Concerning Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits) which received unanimous, bi-partisan support. The parity law requires that private insurance plans in Connecticut follow the regulations set forth in the 2008 Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The Federal law states that health care coverage for mental health and substance use disorders can be no less restrictive than for medical and surgical benefits.
The success of the 2019 law is the work of many years of advocacy from a wide variety of groups, as well as the culminating effort of the CT Parity Coalition, a group led by MHC in collaboration with advocates from over 25 organizations and associations across Connecticut working with state legislators, consumers, and other groups to elevate equity in health care system. The Coalition educates and advocates for policy change that will protect individuals living with mental health and substance use disorder conditions, ensuring consumers’ rights are protected and that they are treated as fairly as they would for other health conditions.
Want to learn more about the CT Parity Coalition? Contact Mike Finley at firstname.lastname@example.org